GAP schedules meeting

December 8, 2010 Grandparents As Parents will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the resource room of the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center at 1900 Lyon St.Any relative raising a child is welcome to attend, Lorrie McClure, Parents As Teachers coordinator, said. For more information call (870) 793-0627.

Clothes closet to host open house

December 8, 2010 SAFFELL — Providing free quality clothing to families in need is the mission of the Saffell Clothes Closet. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the closet located in the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church, 467 Highway 25, Saffell, will hold its biannual open house in the fellowship hall.Anyone can come and shop at the closet for coats and clothes of all sizes, free of charge, volunteer Rhonda Morse said. “We offer coats, warm clothes and some household items.”  Refreshments will be served.

Central to host book fair

December 8, 2010 Central Magnet Elementary will host a book fair beginning Thursday, librarian Donna Fagan said.The fair is open to the public and will include half-price books for preschoolers to adults.  Fagan said the fair will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 16, excluding Sunday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. “This is a great opportunity to shop for Christmas as books make wonderful gifts,” Fagan said. For more information call the school at (870) 793-7498.Central is located at 650 Vine St., Batesville.

Ark. Pearl Harbor survivors gather

December 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Bill Chase will never forget what he saw as a young Navy seaman during the attack on Pearl Harbor, but the 86-year-old Arkansas man worried Tuesday — the 69th anniversary of the tragedy — that others will.As more time passes, Chase said he fears that fewer people will remember the history behind the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian base on Dec. 7, 1941.

Police: Inmate confesses to more crimes

December 8, 2010 In jail on unrelated charges, an Independence County inmate has reportedly confessed to two other crimes, according to a court affidavit filed by Brian Luetschwager, Independence County sheriff’s detective.“On Nov. 23 I went to the Independence County jail to interview Brian See Jr. in regards to a burglary that I had information that he might have been involved in,” Luetschwager said.

Bank mired in controversy

December 8, 2010 First Southern Bank may be facing a trying time right now, but for employees and customers, business continues just as it normally does, said Woody Castleberry, president and CEO.“We do have some securities we are worried about,” Castleberry said Tuesday, but he was quick to reassure that the depositors’ money is secure. “Everybody’s money is completely safe and accessible. We’re fully FDIC-insured just like any other bank, and since the FDIC was established in the ’30s, after the Great Depression, there has never been a penny lost from insured money,” he continued.

Man accused of stealing purse

December 7, 2010 A Cave City man was charged after he allegedly stole a woman’s purse then tried to sell her credit cards and apply for new ones in her name.A circuit court affidavit states that Joseph C. Pearson, 37, stole Sandra Hughes’ purse from her car while she was shopping at Dollar General on Nov. 5. Hughes told police a couple with a baby might have been involved in the theft.“Sandra Hughes said she entered the store and spoke with a male and female subject with a baby in the checkout line,” Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims said.

Gamblers spend less in casinos

December 7, 2010 ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The amount of time gamblers are spending in Atlantic City casinos is falling, and they’re holding on more tightly to their wallets while they’re there.A new study shows the amount of time gamblers spent inside casinos in the nation’s second-largest gambling market is down more than 22 percent, and the amount of money they spend there is down almost 30 percent over the last four years.And the hit to the casinos’ bottom line is substantial: gross operating profit per hour is down 61 percent.

Local author Emerson to sign books

December 7, 2010 Local author and writer of historically-accurate fiction, Geneva King Emerson, will be signing copies of her novel, “The Greatest of These,” from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Paper Chase Book Store in Batesville. The event will be part of the 2nd Friday Downtown Wander and Wonder Walk presented by Main Street Batesville.Another of her books, “Share Croppers’ Child,” will also be available. A retired school teacher, Emerson has published articles and short stories in Sunset Magazine, The Ozark Mountaineer and local newspapers. Visit her website at

Calico Rock tour set for Saturday

December 7, 2010 CALICO ROCK — This year’s Calico Rock Holiday Home and Lights Tour will stop by four homes, then visits four area churches. On Saturday, every half hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. two heated buses will depart from the chamber of commerce office on Main Street (Highway 5 at the White River Bridge). “Our tour is about those places Christmas is most important: homes and churches,” organizer Gloria Gushue said.